New iPad Rival Alert : Asus Padfone 2 Coming

Asus is preparing a follow up to the Padfone called the Padfone 2 according to slides that have been obtained by TabletNews.

What is surprising is that the original Padfone, which we saw at Computex in Taiwan last year, has not even been launched on the market (and could be dead on arrival).

The Padfone 2, according to the slide, will be a 4G/LTE device and will be the "ticket to be the key player", whatever that means. Another slide that surfaced shows that Asus expects sales of tablets for the second quarter of the year to reach 1.2 million, meaning that annual sales figure could reach 4.8 million units.

Having LTE onboard means that Asus will almost certainly opt for a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset like the S4. The first version had a dual core smartphone with a WVGA resolution while the tablet was a 10.1in model.

Asus argues that the Padfone is a perfect hybrid solution as it allows users to use a single contract package including voice, data and texts (rather than two in the case of the iPad/iPhone). The tablet would also benefit from the smartphone's hardware although one could argue that you won't be able to use both at the same time.

Source : TabletNews